Title: Guns n’ Boys: Gilded Agony (Guns n’ Boys #7)
Author: K.A. Merikan
Release Date: May 14th 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary, Dark romance
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
“I would wait a lifetime for this.”
“You don’t have to wait anymore. I want you.”
Mark is done with flings. He is looking for something real, and he knows just where to find it. Years ago, he fell in love with Charlotte Elswood, but after saving her life, he made the difficult choice to stay in a cartel for the sake of his family.
Now, free of the bloodstained work, he’s ready to rekindle what he’s lost.
But in England, he meets someone who is also blond, blue-eyed, and irresistible. Problem is, Griffith Elswood is Charlotte’s brother. Should Mark even consider putting his hands all over an innocent who would push him away if he knew what kind of monster Mark is?
After years of homeschooling, Griffith wants nothing more than to finally spread his wings at university. Secretly, he dreams of meeting a man he can fall madly in love with. A man he would have all the firsts with. But it’s hard to trust anyone after witnessing his sister’s heartbreak.
When Mark moves in next door, Griffith reaches out despite his sister’s warnings. Mark is mysterious, experienced, cocky, and just oh-so-dreamy. Alternating between hot and cold, Mark’s presence sends Griffith into a frenzy of passion like he’s never known before. So hot in fact, it might just burn him if he isn’t careful.
Themes: mafia, organized crime, family ties, secrets, innocence, British setting, dance, homophobia, in the closet, coming out, coming of age
Genre: M/M romance
Length: ~125,000 words (Book 8 in the series)
WARNING: Adult content. Scorching hot, explicit love scenes. Dark humor.
“I love you.” A flash of heat went through Mark as he watched the beautiful boy he didn’t deserve yet so deeply craved.
DAWWWW!!! Our boy Mark finally grew up and got his own book. But first, I need to get this off my chest. My heart beats for Domenico Acerbi! He didn’t make an appearance in this book but his phone calls to Mark stole the show for me. He owns every scene he’s in.
Ok, so this was different. I always thought that Mark’s story would be as dark and crazy as the rest of the Guns n’ Boys series, but it’s really not. It’s actually sweet. I will admit that my twisted little heart wanted Mark to become Dom’s right hand man and the guy who will take things over in the future. I don’t know what will happen later on, but at this point Mark is not that man. I can understand this. He’s young and he deserves a chance to live a normal life.
This is what he finds in Griffith, the sweet, blond, blue-eye dancer. Who also happens to be Charlotte’s brother. And that’s where shit hits the fan. Lies and secrets are waiting to come out and when they do, it’s pretty ugly.
For all its sweetness, the story has a fair amount of angst and grovelling towards the end. I was also more than happy to see Griffith’s wild side when you mess with him.
I’m still not sure how I feel about the secret that gets revealed at some point. I suspected early on it was about to happen and it definitely serves a purpose, but we shall see how it will play out.
For me, the story is not done. There are still things that wait to come out, important stuff about Mark that Griffith doesn’t know, and the sneak peak in the end makes me think that all hell will break lose in the next book. I can’t wait!
Guns n’ Boys Series